Jun 11, 2003, 10:44 PM
Post #2 of 6
I don't know if you are talking about the two strands in our shop, but we have two strands of fairly good grade small cylinders, not sure of the exact size.
If you want some reference pricing, this site:
is a reasonable wholesale source for materials, and you can see the WHOLESALE prices on their site. Figure retail would be at least 40-500% MORE than their prices. I think our prices are almost the same as theirs -- and ours are retail :)
This ebay seller is selling ONE 8x12 bead for $10.38 EACH! (and you don't even get to pick the actual bead!)
and has the price marked as "REDUCED!!" <<G>>
A 16" strand would have approximately 30-35 beads, and sell for over $300!!!
You should always consider "reference" pricing, when seeking out beads. Finding a few sites you can reference for a good idea of pricing is helpful when trying to get a grasp on what the "real cost" of materials is. I use EarthStone as one such site, as well as a few other sites. Not all sites have all material (in quality or shapes) at all times, and certain materials like Kunzite are usually in limited supply. larger retail sites can give you an idea of what people are willing to pay for a material, while the wholesale or importer sites can give you an idea of what the material costs -- regardless of how high (or low) it's currently selling for.
Also, finding some sites that have finished jewelry can help you get an idea of what the mark up on the items is, or what true "retail" or "end user" pricing can be.
I don't know of a cheaper source, or I'd buy them ;)
PUGDOG's Rock & Bead Shop
Pittsburgh, PA 15217